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Applications Systems Analyst Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, designs and analyzes user requests and requirements for the implementation and development of data processing systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications. Incumbents may perform coding of programming or job control language, but are distinguished from programmers by the scope of the project. Applications Systems Analysts respond to request from users for new or modified systems that may involve planning, designing and analyzing various programs, software, and hardware requirements, primarily with mainframe computing. Knowledge of micro or mini computing may be necessary because of interactions with departmental Support Systems Analysts.

Examples of Duties:

  • Consults with users to define system requirements, identify programming and output needs, and verify preliminary design and output.
  • Recommends technical and procedural design for new or revised applications including flow charts, system specifications, and programming guidelines.
  • Analyzes current and new programming languages, documentation, hardware, and software to identify possible applications and/or feasibility of applications for computer systems.
  • Modifies and/or writes program code and/or job control language as needed.
  • Writes documentation of system procedures and guidelines for systems users, as well as programs and program modifications.
  • Confers with other data processing personnel in resolving problems involving program intent, input/output requirements, and other procedural and technical matters.
  • Answers questions and provides technical assistance and/or training to system users.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and documents existing programs and/or systems to identify and recommend the means of typing together interacting systems extending across university and/or functional lines.
  • Reviews and analyzes system problems including system documentation and production output to identify solutions and/or make appropriate referrals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of system specification standards and applications programming.
  • Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of data computing.
  • Skill in the use of programming and job control languages specific to the assignment.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Computer Science or related field AND three years of systems/programming experience; OR, Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field AND two years of systems/programming experience; OR, Four years of systems and/or programming experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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